Belly fat: drink water while standing and other daily habits that could increase your waistline
Updated October 03, 2021 | 18:17 IST
Often referred to as stubborn belly fat, we barely realize when it accumulates on the body through diet and our daily habits. Yes, it’s not just a diet high in saturated fat and refined sugars that contributes to the accumulation of belly fat.
Ayurveda Says Human Body Is Created In A Way To Get Maximum Benefits From Water When Consumed While Sitting And In Good Posture With Straight Back | Photo credit: iStock Images
- With up to 39 grams of sugar in a glass, sugary sodas exceed your recommended daily sugar intake.
- Foods like yogurt act like probiotics which help prevent bloating and other forms of digestive upset
- Diet modes and calorie restriction aside, skipping meals could in no way help reduce belly fat.
New Delhi: Aside from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke, obesity is fast becoming one of the most common ailments affecting overall health. In addition, it is often the main determining factor linked to the elevated risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders such as diabetes. And when it comes to obesity, belly fat is the easiest to accumulate and the hardest to shed.
Often referred to as stubborn belly fat, we barely realize when it accumulates on the body through diet and our daily habits. Yes, it’s not just a diet high in saturated fat and refined sugars that contributes to the accumulation of belly fat. Some of your habits might also be contributing with little or no clue. Read on to find out.
- Drink water while standing: A common phenomenon these days when people barely have time to sit down and eat their meals peacefully, we often end up drinking water while standing or even walking. However, this could be the reason why you get bloated and build belly fat over time. Ayurveda says that the human body is created in such a way as to get the maximum benefit from water when consumed while sitting and in good posture with the back straight. This helps water to reach the brain and also stimulates its functions.
- You drink too much soda: Fizzy sugary drinks like soda are often enjoyed in a glass full of ice cubes alongside a whole pizza or bowl of pasta. The common myth is that it helps digest those heavy foods full of refined carbohydrates – but it turns out that these drinks are actually loaded with refined sugars which can give you stubborn belly fat over time. With up to 39 grams of sugar in a glass, sugary sodas exceed your recommended daily sugar intake and, according to studies, can increase your risk of belly fat accumulation by 70%.
- Your diet lacks probiotics: Probiotics refer to foods that help balance the levels of gut bacteria, thus keeping the digestive tract clear and healthy. Foods like yogurt work like probiotics which help prevent bloating and other forms of digestive upset that could actually lead to a buildup of belly fat.
- You skip meals: Diet patterns and calorie restriction aside, skipping meals could in no way help reduce belly fat. Instead, it could be the factor giving you obesity and the extra inches around your waist. Starving your body of food for long hours could slow down metabolism, reduce the rate at which calories are burned, and contribute to the buildup of belly fat over time.
- Eat at odd hours and on a large plate: Choosing a large or small plate defines how much food you will take for a meal, which further defines calorie intake. Therefore, experts recommend eating meals on a small plate, which will induce a feeling of fullness in smaller portions and over time help reduce calorie intake. And if you skip meals, the feeling of hunger can strike at strange times, which also affects the metabolism. According to a recent study, people who eat breakfast before 8:30 a.m. are less likely to develop insulin resistance and metabolic disorders like diabetes. Therefore, if you are trying to avoid belly fat, eat well, eat limited, and eat early to get the most nutritional value from each meal without adding extra inches to the waistline.
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting a fitness program or making any changes to your diet.
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